Reservoir Dogs Details

Theatrical Release Date: October 23, 1992

Runtime: 99 minutes

Primary Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s Input: Writer, director and actor.

Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 3.1 MB, 160×120

Screenplay: Final version

Synopsis: Like Tarantino’s mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco–and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal.

Connection To Other Tarantino Films:

  • Tarantino originally wrote the role of Mr. Pink for himself.
  • Before the audience sees the contents of Mr. Blonde’s trunk, the camera looks up at Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, and Mr. Pink from inside the trunk. Similar scenes were also included in Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.
  • Robert Kurtzman did the special make-up effects on Reservoir Dogs for free, on the condition that Quentin Tarantino write a script for From Dusk Till Dawn based on a story by Kurtzman.
  • A box of Fruit Brute cereal is visible in Mr. Orange’s apartment. The box later appears in Pulp Fiction.
  • Michael Madsen’s character, “Vic Vega”, is the brother of “Vincent Vega” (John Travolta) from Pulp Fiction.
  • Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) professes his dislike of automatically tipping waiting staff. Buscemi has a cameo appearance as a waiter in Pulp Fiction.
  • The actess pulled out of her car by Mr. Pink is the same person as the innocent bystander shot by Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.
  • Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of Mr. Orange, but the role went to Tim Roth. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson’s work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him in Pulp Fiction.
  • The Big Kahuna burger, which made its first appearance in this film, was also eaten in From Dusk Till Dawn and Pulp Fiction.
DVD Features: One of five limited-edition collectible covers: each cover features a different character and includes a custom booklet for that character; Deleted scenes; Two never-before-seen alternate angles of the famous “EAR” scene; Tarantino’s Sundance Institute Directors Workshop Lab containing rare footage of key scenes rehearsed and filmed by Tarantino one year before the film was made; Class of ’92: A retrospective look at the Indie films and filmmakers at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival where Reservoir Dogs was introduced; All-new interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Madsen, Eddie Bunker, Eric Baltz, and others; Tribute to Lawrence Tierney; Reservoir Dogs director tribute: A focus on nine filmmakers who influenced Tarantino’s masterpiece; Film Noir Web: The writers and directors behind the legacy of this classic genre; Real-Life Dogs: Interviews with real criminals discussing their heist attempts; Small Dogs: Action figure development documentary on the making of those little plastic dudes; Select scene audio commentary featuring the cast, the crew, and the critics; K-BILLY interactive radio: listen to the super sounds of Steven Wright, as written by Tarantino; Poster gallery; Number of discs: 2. Buy it at Amazon.com.

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